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OK gang, here we go… if you are 18 or under and sing – JOIN US! Our next big project will launch next week: the first Virtual Youth Choir. We are asking singers from around the world age 18 and younger to learn the song, record & upload their video to create the Virtual… continued
I had an unexpected, profound learning experience in Minneapolis a few weeks ago. I was conducting Equus in the final rehearsal with the Minnesota Orchestra and Minnesota Chorale. The first performance was that night so time was tight and the pressure was on. Even though I wrote it, Equus is easily the… continued
With all the talk in my last post about being denied the rights to set Shel Silverstein’s poetry to music – his estate won’t allow it – I was suddenly reminded of three of my pieces that almost didn’t survive because of the same problem: Cloudburst, Water Night and A Boy and a Girl. I… continued
Made some first sketches this afternoon of an a cappella cover of Trent Reznor’s Hurt. Hard to hear all the biting dissonances when I play it on piano, but I think this is really going to work with voices. The Eric Whitacre Singers will premiere it on March 24th as part of the
The Northwestern University workshop I will give February 4th – free to the public – is completely full, no more tickets. THANK YOU to student Lori Heckman who personally responded to all 700 attendees. And thank you to my dear friend Dr. Stephen Alltop for hosting the event and for bringing his excellent
Safe to say that this was one of the most influential moments of my life.
Grampa Simpson may be my favorite character of all-time…
Now THIS needs a choral cover. Doing this ASAP.
Just read yet another article in Slate about the “death of classical music”. These proclamations make me laugh because from where I am standing, “classical music” is THRIVING. So many people (young people especially) hungry and passionate for music and art that has deep meaning, singing in choirs, playing in bands and orchestras, attending… continued
Yesterday I posted that I was beginning work on an a cappella cover of Trent Reznor’s “Hurt” and many people responded by saying they prefer the Johnny Cash cover over Trent’s original. I love both versions. I find the Johnny Cash cover especially heartbreaking because he was so close to the end of his life… continued
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